Susan OBrien QC

Year of Call 1987         Year of Silk 1998

"She is absolutely marvellous; thorough, incredibly intelligent and simply a mind-bogglingly good advocate" - Chambers UK 2015

A very experienced silk, who specialises in catastrophic injury and clinical negligence claims.


Qualifications & Appointments

LLB (Edin) (1978)

BPhil (York) (1976)

BA (Hons) (York) (1973)

FCIArb (2018)

MCIArb (2017)

Diploma in International Arbitration Law, University of Aberdeen (2017)


Member of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (UK) (2009 to date)

Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (2015-2016)

Member of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal (2012-2015)

Part time Employment Judge (2000-2015)

Panel of Legal Assessors for General Teaching Council Scotland (2005-2010)

Chairman of Faculty Services Ltd (2005-2007)

Chair of the Caleb Ness Inquiry for Edinburgh Child Protection Committee (2003)

Reporter, Scottish Legal Aid Board (1995-2005)

Temporary Sheriff (1995-1999)

Standing Junior to the Home Office and other Government Departments (1992-1998)

Writer to the Signet (1983)

Solicitor, Shepherd & Wedderburn WS (1980-1986)

Richard Holdich v Lothian Health Board 2014 SLT (OH) 495 - [2013] CSOH 197
Rehab Abdel-Rahman v University of Edinburgh 2013 CSOH 201
Eric Wallace as Curator to Ronald Pate v Stewart Homes (Scotland) Ltd and Anr - 2013 CSOH 30
Marjory Campbell v Borders Health Board, 2011 CSOH 73; and MC v Borders Health Board 2012 CSIH 49
BJ v Proudfoot 2011 SC 201
Brian Black v Mental Health Tribunal 2011 CSIH 83
BJ v Childrens Reporter Stirling 2010 CSIH 85
B v Murray 2008 SLT 561
Cannop v Highland Council 2008 IRLR 634
Helen Percy v Church of Scotland Board of National Mission 2006 SC (HL) 1, 2006 IRLR 195 HL.
Tehrani v UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visitors 2001 SC 581
Cross v Highlands and Islands Enterprise 2001 IRLR 336
Whalley v Watson 2000 SC 125
Pullar v UK 1996 22 EHRR 391

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